New AUS-SPEC Rural Roads specification

A new specification for rural roads has been released that aims to significantly improve the structural integrity, safety and performance of sealed and unsealed roads, thereby helping local councils better serve their communities.

It has been produced by AUS-SPEC, the national local government specification, which is a joint venture between NATSPEC (the National Building Specification) and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA).

The Rural Roads specification package is for engineering services, environmental services, asset management and maintenance management. It works across all areas of road design, providing the insight needed to improve roads’ safety and structural integrity.

It features editable worksection templates, documentation and guidelines for planning, design, tendering, contract preliminaries, construction, operation and maintenance of sealed and unsealed road resources.

Unsealed roads are more easily affected by materials and environmental factors, which is addressed by four new specifications for geometric road design and pavement design for sealed and unsealed roads.

The specification package also includes TECHreport TR08 Management of council gravel pits in country areas – A case study; a new TECHnote GEN026 Otta seal – A different approach to road sealing; and TECHnote GEN027 Maintenance of unsealed roads.